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CIJA Applauds Adoption of IHRA Definition by Vaughan City Council
Jan. 29, 2020

Today, the Vaughan City Council unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming January 27 to be Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Vaughan and adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

In response, Noah Shack, Vice President, GTA, issued the following:

“Today’s adoption of the IHRA definition by Vaughan City Council is an important step in the fight against antisemitism. We applaud Mayor Bevilacqua and all City Councilors for their leadership in setting a strong example for other municipalities.

“While Canada remains one of the best places to live as a minority, Jewish Canadians are the most frequently targeted group for hate-motivated crimes. For Canadian authorities to properly combat antisemitism, they must be properly equipped to identify anti-Jewish hatred in its most contemporary forms.

“Last year, the Government of Canada integrated the IHRA definition into its new Anti-Racism Strategy, and CIJA continues to tirelessly promote its implementation across the country.”

Additional Background

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.